Resources by day - Day 4

The materials in this section have been designed to accompany the four-day training curriculum which focuses on integrated physical, digital, and wellbeing strategies for managing risk as a woman journalist. The activities are designed to be learner centred and practical so that journalists are engaged in learning and acquire skills that will be useful for them when they go back to work. Based on real-life situations, the activities reflect the daily challenges that journalists and editors face when thinking about how to best protect themselves and others.

Ice-breakers and warm up activities

Ice breakers and warm up exercises are designed to build rapport among participants and to get them in the mindset to start learning. The following exercises are time-tested techniques that have been adapted for this curriculum and trainers are encouraged to tweak them and bring in their own exercises where appropriate. These exercises can also be used at the beginning and the end of lessons to either warm up the class or to recap on topics learned in class that day. 

  1. Pass the Ball (10 – 15 mins)

This exercise encourages group participation and allows those who are nervous about speaking in public to focus on passing the ball instead of just waiting for their turn to talk. Pass the ball can also be used at the end of a session to recap what students have learned.

2. Speak about… (20 – 25 mins)

This activity helps learners focus on what they want to learn over the training session and to share those goals with others. This activity also helps to build rapport between group members over shared experiences. 

Video about the risks as a female journalist | session 4.3

Video about situational awareness | session 4.5

OODA loop | session 4.4

The OODA loop is a concept and an aid introduced by John Boyd to help improve the decision-making process. The four steps require a person to observe their surrounding, familiarize themselves with their surroundings by making mental notes, and decide on the best action.

The trainer may emphasize that making a timely decision and acting on it can improve one’s safety, as well as the safety of their colleagues and family.